Welcome to Monterey!

Located on the waterfront on the central coast of California, Monterey offers year-round activities including kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, whale watching and beach-going. No trip is complete without a visit to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf (located a short walk from the VDF's host hotel, The Portola Hotel).

Provided below are links to information about attractions as well as the City of Monterey website which provides even more ideas, information and opportunities for savings at local establishments. Just steps outside our host hotel, The Portola, are retail shops, wine tasting, coffee shops and a company that rents bikes, kayaks and other outdoor equipment.

You and your guests will find many exciting adventures awaiting you!


Attendees and exhibitors: Be sure to wear your name badge when shopping or doing recreational activities in Monterey, and the surrounding area, to receive discounts from participating merchants. No need to sign up!
Just "Flash Your Badge!"

Map of participating merchants.

Fisherman's Wharf

Constructed in 1845, Fisherman's Wharf has been the focus of Monterey's economic life for centuries.

Fisherman's Wharf is located just five minutes walk from VDF's host hotel, The Portola. There you'll find abundant options for dining, shopping, and sight-seeing. Be sure to sign up for a the free Monterey Old Fisherman's Wharf VIP Card for special offers from Wharf businesses during your stay.

Things to Do


Cannery Row

Formerly known as Ocean View Avenue, Cannery Row (renamed by Monterey officials in honor of John Steinbeck's novel) is a street rich with Native American, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese and Italian cultural history; influencing the architecture, cuisine and attractions offered.

Enjoy dining, shopping, nightlife and recreation at the most popular vacation destination on California's Central Coast. Sign up for the Cannery Row newsletter to about learn special events taking place during and around VDF dates.

Cannery Row Map

Monterey Bay Map


Monterey Bay Aquarium

This world-renowned aquarium, located on Cannery Row, features more than 550 species on display.

Since its opening in 1984 on historic Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s mission has been to inspire conservation of the oceans. Recently named the #1 Aquarium in the World by the 2014 TripAdvisors Travelers Choice Award, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is known for its innovative exhibits and unsurpassed visitor experience.

With more than 35,000 creatures representing over 550 species in nearly 200 exhibits filling 34 major galleries it is a showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the world’s richest marine regions. Also named the #1 family-friendly aquarium by Parents Magazine, the aquarium has grown to become one of the leading ocean conservation organizations in the world. Travelers can find more information about the aquarium’s exhibits and the local marine environment, plus live web cams, a special events calendar, special discounts, behind-the-scenes tours and more at www.montereybayaquarium.org. (text provided by seemonterey.com)

Learn about the Aquarium App


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